November 17, 2007 in Sports

Grossman is in; backup uncertain

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The Chicago Bears settled one issue this week when they named Rex Grossman their starting quarterback. Another one still remains unclear.

Who will be his backup at Seattle on Sunday?

It could be Brian Griese, the man who replaced Grossman earlier this season.

Or it could be Kyle Orton, the man who filled in for him in 2005 but hasn’t played since.

Either way, coach Lovie Smith would not provide an answer on Friday.

Around the league

Vinny Testaverde will start Sunday for Carolina instead of a healthy David Carr against Green Bay. … Brian Westbrook missed practice for the second straight day with a knee injury and is questionable for Philadelphia’s game against Miami on Sunday. … Atlanta coach Bobby Petrino declined to say whether Byron Leftwich or Joey Harrington will start at quarterback against Tampa Bay Sunday. … Miami linebacker Zach Thomas won’t play Sunday at Philadelphia, making it the fifth game he will have missed since a concussion in September. … Houston running back Ahman Green won’t play Sunday against New Orleans because of a swollen left knee. … Running back Marshawn Lynch is doubtful for Buffalo’s game Sunday against New England with a sprained ankle. … Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss returned to practice from a bruised heel and sounded optimistic that he will play Sunday against Dallas. … New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce returned to practice after missing two days because of a mild concussion. … The Redskins have signed former University of Montana wide receiver Jimmy Farris.

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